Vietnam and the G-20 Meeting

Interesting that the Vietnamese press, which is very likely to reflect official thinking, found more to praise in the recent G-20 meeting than the Western press. (I also didn't notice anything about bowing or who was wearing a bow in the Vietnamese press, much to my relief.) Perhaps because one of the things the G-20 did was increase IMF resources. A lot depends on where you're standing. It perhaps doesn't hurt that the Vietnamese economy will grow at a 3.5% rate this year in stead of shrinking at that rate like the US. Of course, if it were not for the worldwide recession, Vietnam's economy would have grown at around 7%.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.